(Left to right) Katie Johnson, Isabelle Wadleigh, Alex Clark, Emily deBettencourt, Katelyn Marchand, and Katie Stewart gaze at the champions hardware. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Babe Ruth Softball Champs crowned
The Braves claimed the Babe Ruth Softball championship at the old MVRHS softball field beating the Diamondbacks, last year's best, 14-1. The 'Backs simply could not catch up to the fastball servings of Caroline Davey.
The snakes scored one run in the top of the first. Leeann Jackson led off with a Texas League single, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Kayla Morris and Jessica Clemens went down on strikes but Jessica Clemens singled to right scoring Jackson.
That was it for the Diamondbacks. They would not score again.
Caroline Davey's fastball was a problem for the Diamondbacks.
Meanwhile, the Braves sent all 12 batters on its roster to the plate in the bottom of the first inning scoring seven runs. They would add two more in the third, five in the fifth and one in the sixth - 16 in all, sweeping into the limelight.
In the junior Babe Ruth league, the Phillies overcame an early 4-1 deficit to defeat the Dodgers, 12-6, despite a blown opportunity to score big in the fifth. Carter D'Angelo, Emily deBettencourt and K.T. Johnson all reached, loading the bases with no outs. But Katelyn Marchand and Sammi Chaves grounded back to the pitcher, resulting in force-outs at home. Then Kat deBettencourt lined out to second, ending the inning.
After five innings just one run separated the teams: Dodgers 5, Phillies 6.
Katie Stewart blasted a home run to begin the Phils' six-run fifth inning, which put the game on ice.
Ian Barnwell catches up to a Andrew Williamson fastball in the Tigers' seventh. Zoli Clarke is the catcher. Photo by Ralph Stewart
Little League Playoffs
The Tigers scored five times in the top of the sixth (final) inning to overtake the Mets, at Nunes Field, and win their playoff game, 8-5.
Both teams scored in the first. Kyp Cooperrider led off with a triple for the Tigers, and scored on Stuart Hersh's ground-out.
The Mets responded with a run of their own. Jordie Abrams doubled and scored on Eric Bryant's single.
The Mets went up, 4-1, in the third with Abrams, Bryant, and Brian Montambault crossing the plate.
The Tigers got one back in the top of the fifth. Kevin Galligan walked and circled the bases on hits by Ian Bardwell and Matt Marchand. Questionable base running spoiled the Tigers opportunity for a big inning.
The Tigers, some in rally caps, rejoice in the seventh inning come-from-behind rally.
The Mets also scored in their half of the fourth. Zoli Clarke reached and scored on Andrew Williamson's drive up the middle.
Niether team scored in the fifth.
The Tigers sixth-inning rally began with a base on balls issued to Nelson Dickson. Cooperrider hit into a fielder's choice, erasing Dickson. The next two batters walked, loading the bases for Peter Keaney who drove in two, tying the score, followed by Brendan Maseda whose triple drove in the winning runs. Brendan would score an insurance run when Kevin Galligan singled.
The Mets were retired in order in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game.
The Tigers vs. Cubs semi-final game was yesterday.
A's top Sox
In the other playoff contest played at Veira Park, the A's (3-12) dropped the Red Sox, (7-8) 12-4.
It wasn't really an upset; the A's had beaten the Sox twice before.
Harry West started on the mound for the A's and had trouble finding the plate. He walked five of the first batters he faced and was relieved by Mike Mussell who stopped the bleeding and went the rest of the way for the win.
Meanwhile the A's were scoring in every inning, collecting an even dozen runs and the right to face the Dodgers (12-3) in Wednesday's semi-finals.